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AFN picks 22 for Youth Olympic Games qualifiers

By Solomon Nwoke
The 2009 National Sports Festival (NSF) female 100 metres Champion, Omaka Josephine leads the pack of 22 athletes invited to camp by Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the 2010 Youth Olympics qualifiers scheduled for this weekend in Dakar, Senegal.

Secretary-General of AFN, Mrs. Maria Wophill while confirming the list of 13 males and nine females said  the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Region II Youth Athletics Championship holding between  May 14 and May 16 would serve as qualifiers  for the  2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) scheduled to hold in Singapore in August.
Sprinters Harry Chukwudieke, Abiodun Quadri, Mmanju Jonathan, Isa Umar and Japhet Samuel are among the male athletes. Others are Eroyakan Orukpe and Adegoke Ogunseye are for the 800 metres. Abiola Olajide and Ali Adekunle will take part in the long jump.
Mrs. Wophill informed that Emmanuel Gyang will run both the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres races while. Ifeanyi Nwoye will star in the shot put and discus events, just as Solomon Akachukwu and Tosan Opubor complete the men list.

Others in the female list include Isoken Igbinosun, Bukola Abogunloko, Hope Jacob, Ossai Rita and Uwakwe Nkieruka competing in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and the 4×400 metres races.
The AFN scribe said the Nigerian Golden League shot put winner, Nkechi Chime, will represent Nigeria in the shot put, hammer and discus events. Also the Golden League 5,000 metres winner, Agidi Yemi, will take part in the 5,000 metres and 1,500 metres. Shimenge Agber will also run the 1,500 metres race.


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